Dating to around 1825 this quite amazing ring, for its 190 plus years, is possibly one of the prettiest examples of Georgian paste jewellery we have had the pleasure of offering.
Styled as a ‘daisy’ cluster with black-dot clear paste stones emulating diamonds, which surround the central gold set cut down collet paste garnet.
Black dot paste has a black dot painted to to bottom to emulate the open culet of early cut diamonds. This labour intensive production of the flint glass itself with the addition of the care and skill to paint these ‘dots’ is a hallmark of only the finest quality Strass glass.
As with the majority of most Georgian rings the setting is silver (except for the central red paste), closed backed to the verso however in gold.
The original ornate shoulders and shank have been tested to 18ct yellow gold.
In amazing condition for its age this ring has been treasured and obviously cared for through-out its very long life. Only very minor insignificant marks to the pastes all of which are original with no additions and secure in their cut down collet settings.
The beautiful shank is original and also with no repairs or reinforcements.
Superb early ring, a true testament to the skills of an early master jeweller.
Paste ( Flint Glass)
Daisy’ is 1cm
Shoulder to shoulder 2cm
Tests to 18ct for shank
Silver to upper setting
Q or 18.3mm diameter or US 8 1/4
Not advisable to resize
What is ‘Paste’ jewellery?
Excellent antique condition for its 190 years plus. Very very insignificant marks to some pastes. All set very securely. Shanks is nice and strong with really no thinning. Previous resize can just be seen only under magnification, very well done. Lovely ring.
Paste is a special type of flint glass, an art form that originated during the Georgian era created by Georges Frederic Strass (1701-1773), who combined bismuth and thallium to improve the refractive quality of these imitation stones, altering their colours with metal salts.
These stones were so similar to real gems that he coined the term ‘ simulated gemstone’ to describe them. Strass would place metal foil behind the stone to emulate the real gemstones thus accentuating the brilliance.
His name is still attached to the craft with some people referring to fine-quality antique paste jewellery as ‘Stras’ (or "Strass") instead. Strass opened his own business in 1730, and devoted himself wholly to the development of imitation diamonds. Due to his great achievements, he was awarded the title "King's Jeweller" in 1734.
Georgian paste will often have a black dot painted on its culet to give it a sense of depth, referred to as “black dot” paste. Much of the beauty and appeal of antique paste jewellery is that it was such a difficult and labour-intensive thing to produce. The special paste glass was cut and polished by hand so that is shone and glittered.